Andrea Dovizioso: Biography of a World Champion
Birth date: 23/03/1986
Birth place: Forli, ITA
First Grand Prix: 2001 ITA 125cc
First Pole Position 2003 FRA 125cc
First Race Fastest Lap 2004 FRA 125cc
First Podium 2003 RSA 125cc
First GP Victory 2004 RSA 125cc
Grand Prix Starts: 47
125cc Starts: 47
Grand Prix Victories: 4
125cc Victories: 4
2nd Placements: 6
3rd placements: 3
Pole Positions: 8
Race Fastest Lap: 2
World Championship wins: 1
Total Points: 447
Having started out on a minibike at the age of seven, Andrea Dovizioso won the
Italian Junior B category in 1997 and 1998 before finishing runner-up in the
Senior A category in 2000. After winning the Aprilia Challenge in 2000, when he
also made his Grand Prix debut as a wildcard riding an Aprilia at Mugello, the
youngster was snapped up by Team Scot to ride a Honda in the 125cc World
Championship in 2002.
Dovizioso's professional career got off to a discreet start, with a best finish of
ninth in his debut season, but he scored fifth in the first round of 2003 and took
his first ever podium at the next race in South Africa. Three more podiums
followed that season and the youngster was promoted to a factory ride for 2004,
inheriting the machine which had taken Daniel Pedrosa to the title.
2001: World Championship debut at the 125cc Italian GP riding an Aprilia as a
2002: First full season in the 125cc Championship riding a Honda for the Scot
Racing Team. Final Championship position: 16th with 42 points
2003: Second season riding a Honda for the Team Scot. Championship position: 5th with 157 points. Takes his first podium in South Africa.
2004: Wins his first 125cc World Championship for the Kopron Team Scot.
Championship position: 1st with 248 points after 14 of 16 rounds. Four wins: South Africa, France, Great Britain and Japan.
Other facts about Dovizioso's career:
- Dovizioso is the fourth youngest World Champion in the history of Grand Prix
racing, behind Loris Capirossi, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi.
- Not since Haruchika Aoki won the title in 1995 has any other rider led the
championship all the way through the year.
- Dovizioso has started from pole seven times this year. Only two other riders
have had more than a single pole position - Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo, who have two each.
- No other rider in the 125cc class has won more races and had more podium
finishes than Dovizioso this season.